To the editor:
Regarding the Thursday, April 5, story, "Mall changes on horizon: Fountain, cobblestones could be removed":
The fountain at the head of the Essex Street pedestrian mall in Salem is a unique welcoming landmark enjoyed by all.
It is such a pleasure to walk or drive past flowing water on a hot, sultry day — refreshing, unusual, Salem at its best.
Salem is lucky to have handsome, as well as unique, elements that other cities only dream of having.
It bothers me that one of our crown jewels — through want of caring — could be eliminated.
If we aspire to be a world-class city, we need to respect and honor what we have and remember the effort and money spent in creating these wonderful things. A commitment to maintain one's heritage and greatness can be found in protecting this fountain and other gems like the Salem Common.